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Natural Connections

Modern life in Scotland is increasingly busy. The connections our ancestors had with nature and the land are being lost. As leisure time shrinks, or is filled with hi-tech experiences, opportunities to experience nature become fewer. And yet it is possible to connect with nature on a day to day basis. All around us, the great web of life continues to hold its shape, and nature continues its eternal cycles. Keep looking, listening, smelling, touching - and keep experiencing natural connections.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A substantial depression has settled over the West of Scotland (nothing new there then) with heavy rain and temperatures (17C) 13 degrees lower than in London (30C). Undeterred, did a quick circuit of the Murdieston Dams over lunchtime. The Mute Swan pair still have three young. The Tufted Ducks are moulting into eclipse plumage - no breeding seems to have taken place, in contrast to Dawsholm and Bingham's Ponds in Glasgow. There were plenty of juvenile gulls on the water, plus a few adults including two Great black backs. However most notable sighting was of four young Carrion Crows grappling (in twos) on the ground, watched by 20 Jackdaws and two Magpies on wires overhead.

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